College of Liberal Arts Awards Six Dedman Scholarships to Incoming Freshmen

The College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin has honored six students with a Dedman Distinguished Scholarship, which provides $13,000 per academic year for four years, as well as supplemental funding for study abroad programs.

The award is based on class rank, Scholastic Aptitude Test scores, exemplary extracurricular activities, community service and an interview.

The Dedman Scholars for the Class of 2012 are:

  • John Russell Beaumont -- Albuquerque High School, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Christopher M. Burge -- Jesuit College Preparatory School, Dallas
  • Anjali Datta -- Grapevine High School, Grapevine, Texas
  • Grace Anne Jamail -- Westlake High School, Austin
  • Lindsey Smith -- High School for Performing and Visual Arts, Houston
  • Hannah R. Weissgarber -- Smithson Valley High School, Spring Branch, Texas

The College of Liberal Arts selection committee hosted 15 high school seniors who applied to the Plan II and Liberal Arts Honors Programs in March. The finalists attended classes, had lunch with faculty and administrators, met with Executive Vice President and Provost Steven Leslie, toured exhibits at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center and had dinner with faculty, alumni and current Dedman and Ex-students' Scholars.

"These students represent the best and brightest of their peers," said Larry Carver, director of the Liberal Arts Honors Program. "They will contribute greatly to our community during the next four years and beyond."

The Dedman Distinguished Scholarship honors Robert and Nancy Dedman of Dallas whose $10 million endowment funds the scholarships. To date, their gift has supported 123 Dedman scholars. Although the scholarships are based on merit rather than need, most of the applicants are from middle- to low-income families.